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Thoughts on a Mix and Match Cubs Roster

Thoughts on a Mix and Match Cubs Roster
Very few people like platoons. I mean, besides Hall of Fame manager Earl Weaver and successful organizations like the Oakland Athletics and the Tampa Bay Rays. But the real point is that fans, players and I think even some managers really dislike having to use platoons. It is only natural for competitive people like professional... Read more »

Can Cubs Front Office Still Exploit Market Inefficiencies? (part 1)

Can Cubs Front Office Still Exploit Market Inefficiencies? (part 1)
Are sabermetrics revolutionary or evolutionary at this point?   That’s the question Christina Kahrl  asked in writing about the end of the annual SABR conference. The consensus seems to be that expanding knowledge of the game was more more the latter than the former. Moneyball, the most often (mis)used term to refer to sabermetrics, was entirely devoted to the... Read more »

Can the Cubs go From Dusk Till Dawn?

Can the Cubs go From Dusk Till Dawn?
Do you ever find yourself looking back at things you’ve done in the past and say “What in the blue hell was I thinking?”  If you haven’t, you’re a better man (or woman) than I. I was reminded of one of my own – and, truth be told, my wife’s favorite – derp moments just... Read more »
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How Can Cubs Win in 2014?

How Can Cubs Win in 2014?
I’m not trying to link-bait here for my first post on Cubs Insider. I promise. For those of you who aren’t familiar, Reddit is the “front page of the Internet,” a social website where millions of users gather to discuss topics like True Detective, atheism, or slow cooker recipes. Oh, and baseball. There’s a daily discussion... Read more »

Javier Baez: Best Cub Ever

Javier Baez: Best Cub Ever
After blasting his second home run in as many games, I think it’s clear that Javy Baez has leapt from atop the list of top prospects right into the pantheon of all-time great Cubs.  Anson, Brown, Wilson, Hartnett, Wrona, Banks, Williams, Santo, Sandberg*, Ramos, Jenkins, Pico.  The list goes on. He might be the best player... Read more »

Stars Without Makeup: Not a Fear for Fresh-Faced Future of the Chicago Cubs

Stars Without Makeup: Not a Fear for Fresh-Faced Future of the Chicago Cubs
So I was listening to Fox Sports Daybreak on my way into work this morning and I heard the familiar Chicago accent launch into another typical diatribe.  Yes, it was Mike North, and he was getting his panties in a bunch about Jay Cutler and how he’s so awful and has the worst contract in... Read more »
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Cubs Fans Can't Go Home Again...Or Can They?

Cubs Fans Can't Go Home Again...Or Can They?
At the risk of sounding just like every crusty old misanthrope I so often rail against, the game of baseball just isn’t what it used to be.  MLB has adopted rules to allow instant replay and forbid home plate collisions and innocent drugs like amphetamines* have long since given way to the scourge of HGH.... Read more »

Addison's Day at Wrigley

Addison's Day at Wrigley
My columns tend to skew heavily toward sarcasm, obscure pop culture references, and strange analogies.  So if that’s what you’re looking for, I’m going to go ahead and let you down easy.  No, this time I’m swapping snarky for sweet. If you read “Mamas, Don’t let Your Babies Grow up to be Cubbies,” then you... Read more »

Crossing the Streams: Does the End Justify the Means for the Cubs?

Crossing the Streams: Does the End Justify the Means for the Cubs?
When Tom Ricketts purchased the Chicago Cubs, he thought he was buying a perpetual-motion machine, a self-sustaining cash cow.  But with all the moving parts, bloviating business owners, and dead-end nonsense negotiations, it appears as though what he actually acquired is an entropic Rube Goldberg device. And many fans feel as though they’ve been sold... Read more »
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Mamas, Don't Let Your Babies Grow up to be Cubbies

Mamas, Don't Let Your Babies Grow up to be Cubbies
Of course, this applies to the dads out there too, but that just wouldn’t have fit the song parody quite right.  So let this be a warning to those of you who don’t yet have children, and even those whose kids are still young enough to escape the madness. It’s too late for me.  My... Read more »
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